Meets Thursdays 5-6:30PM in 311 West Hall
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Participation in this course makes you a member of the SI Community Information Corps.
This course has two components:
Most of this syllabus describes the first component of the course. (For information about potential fall projects, click here.) Students will read about and discuss theories of community, civil society, and the role of the non-profit sector, and draw connections with their project work (reading and reflection). There will also be frequent opportunities to meet some of the national leaders of the community information movement (social networking) and possibly travel to relevant conferences and workshops. At the end of this course, students who are interested in pursuing careers in the community information movement should know how to begin a job search in this area.
You are encouraged to participate for multiple semesters (even all four semesters of the master's program); while we'll keep revisiting similar themes, there will be minimal overlap in the readings and activities.
The first day of each semester will be a project-fest, where faculty announce project opportunities and try to recruit you to join the projects.
|Date||Topic||Guests||Readings (read before class)|
|Sep 9||Introductions of people and projects||SI faculty; Karen Jordan||none|
|Sep 16||The Digital Divide; civic engagement||1999 NTIA
report on the Digital Divide
Putnam, R. (1995). “Bowling Alone.” Journal of Democracy 6(1): 65-78.
|Sep 18||Dinner Party at Professor Resnick's house, 5-8PM.|
|Sep 23||The roles of non-profit organizations||Lester M. Salamon. Holding the Center: America's Nonprofit Sector at a Crossroads. Nathan Cummings Foundation report.|
|Sep 30||The roles of citizens||Boyte, H. C. and N. N. Kari (1996). Building America: The Democratic Promise of Public Work. Philadelphia, Temple University Press. pp.1-32,164-178|
|Oct 6, 3-4:30PM||Community Media Developments Worldwide||Dirk Koning (SI-wide event)|
|Oct. 7||youth programming at Community Technology Centers||Professor Yang Zhao, MSU School of Education||MSU klubhouses manual; excerpts from Public Achievement manual|
|Oct 14||What is community?||Etzioni, A. (1993). The Spirit of Community: The Reinvention of American Society. New York, Simon and Schuster. pp. 1-53.|
|Oct 21||Local information portals||John Bebow, MLive; Prof. Joan Durrance||Visit Web sites:|
|Oct 28||Non-profit portals||Jillaine Smith, Benton Foundation Communications Policy and Practice program||Visit web sites:|
|Nov 4||Public participation in politics||Doug Ross||TBA|
|Nov 11||Social Capital||Coleman, J. S. (1988). “Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital.” American Journal of Sociology 94(Supplement): S95-S120.|
|Nov 17||Community Organizing||informal lunch with Social Work students from the "Community Organizing" class||none|
|Nov 18||Collective action||Ostrom, E. (1990). Governing the Commons: the Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp.1-28.|
|Dec 2||Tech support for Non-profits||Deborah Bey||Final report on the National Strategy for Nonprofit Technology|
|Dec 9||Project reports II|
|Jan 6||Introductions of people and projects||SI faculty; Karen Jordan||none|
|Jan 13||Native American telecom|
|Jan 20||The roles of citizens||Walzer, M. (1998). The Idea of Civil Society: A Path to Social Reconstruction. Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America. E. J. Dionne. Washington, DC, Brookings Institution: 123-143.|
|Jan 27||Public history and cultural heritage|
|Feb 3||Non-profits and technology||Joines or Brotsky?||Final report on the National Strategy for Nonprofit Technology|
|Feb 10||Social Capital: Weak Ties||Granovetter, M. S. (1973). “The Strength of Weak Ties.” American Journal of Sociology 78(6): 1360-1380.|
|Feb 17||Universal Service: communications policy||Schement?|
|Feb 24||CTCs and Telecenters||Cogburn|
|March 9||Deliberative democracy||Habermas? Federalist papers excerpt?; MN e-democracy site;|
|March 16||Civic Engagement||Putnam book (excerpts)|
|March 23||Community/Public Interest Research||Loka visitor?||Loka report|
|March 30||Civic Practices||Carmen Sirianni?||excerpts from www.cpn.org|
|April 6||Project reports I|
|April 13||Project reports II|